Earlier today the Big Blue Nation discovered one of the best defensive tackles in America will be a Kentucky Wildcat. Lamar Goods is not like most Kentucky football recruits.
1. Best D-Tackle Ever?
Well, not technically, but maybe? Rivals ranks Goods as the No. 13 defensive tackle in the 2020 class and No. 201 player overall. Marquan McCall is the only comparable recruit, slated at No. 194 overall by 247 Sports, however in McCall’s case, every recruiting service considered him an offensive guard.
Regardless of pecking order, it’s safe to say Goods is one of the best to ever roll the dice with UK in the trenches.
2. Goods is Canadian
Before moving to Connecticut last fall to finish his high school football career, Goods called Fort McMurray, Canada home. The small oil town in northeast Alberta nicknamed “Fort McMoney” is a 2,205-mile drive away from UK’s campus.
As a Canadian footballer, he made the under-18 national team at only 16 years old. Goods had the opportunity to play Team USA in the International Bowl in January of 2018. The defensive lineman picked off a pass to help Canadians demolish the Americans 44-26 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
3. “He’s a Moose”
That’s exactly how St. Thomas More High head coach Jeff Moore described Goods to the Herald-Leader. I only pray his teammates actually refer to the big Canadian as “Moose.” I will gladly wear a pair of moose antlers to Kroger Field in the fall of 2020.
4. Northeastern Connection
Unfortunately, the Kentucky football record book does not reveal where each letterman is from, making it difficult to discern if a Canadian has ever graced its roster. However, we can safely say he’s the first player from the northeast to commit to Kentucky since Josh Allen. That worked out pretty well for both parties.
5. Early Offer
Unlike the 11th-hour addition of Allen, Kentucky was on Goods early in the recruiting process. He received a scholarship offer from Kentucky before he made the move to the United States. Recruited by Brad White and Derrick LeBlanc, Goods was the No. 1 football player in Canada before transferring to the Connecticut prep school. When you see the 6’4″ 300-pounder move that fast, it’s easy to understand the hype.